This is entirely subjective, but I just couldn't get into Drood. It wasn't the writing, Simmons is an excellent writer and I've enjoyed some of his earlier works. I think this time it was the story. If I had a greater interest in Dickens, the story might have resonated with me.Simmons' research is impeccable, but was heavy-handed in places where he reiterated the same facts in several different chapters. There were places where the prose jerked me out of the story, for example, constantly being addressed as "My Dear Reader" is just a personal turn-off to me.I'm going to have to put this one aside right now. Perhaps I'll try again in a year or so.